What were some popular hair trends in the 1950s?


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In the 1950s, the most popular hairstyles were the Italian cut, brushed-under bob, the gamine style and bouffant. Curling, perming and coloring were also popular, as well as accessories such as combs, headbands, headscarves and hats.

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Some of the most popular hairstyles of the 1950s featured short and curly hair, such as the Italian cut, bubble cut and poodle cut. Curls were made using small rollers or pin curls, or small perming rods for a lasting effect. Elizabeth Taylor and Gina Lollobrigida were famous for their elegant Italian cuts.

Younger girls, primarily adolescents, preferred longer hair and ponytails, such as the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film "Funny Face." Hepburn is also known for her gamine styled hair, or pixie cut, which became popular in the early 1950s.

Slick hairstyles made famous by such famous actresses as Grace Kelly were also popular, the most prominent being pageboy or brushed-under bob. However, after the mid-1950s, voluminous hair became more popular, and this gave birth to a trend which would be at the height of its popularity in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s - the bouffant, which featured relatively short, high, voluminous waves kept in place with a lot of hairspray.

African-American women of the 1950s mostly straightened their hair or wore wigs as an easier way to have a fashionable hairstyle.

Throughout the decade, women enjoyed experimenting with hair color, length and accessories, often wearing a hair piece as a finishing touch, especially on short hairstyles.

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